Curriculum Vitae

                                updated 03/27/2019          

                                   

EDUCATION

2016-               Ph.D.   Anthropology, Brown University

  • Committee: Katherine Mason (chair); Matthew Gutmann; Bhrigupati Singh; Denise Brennan (external reader; Georgetown University)

  • Tentative Dissertation: Sexualizing Transactional Sex: Pleasure, Desire, Intimacy, and Love of Men Who Sell Sex in Contemporary China

  • Andrew W. Mellon Graduate Fellow in Collaborative Humanities

  • Graduate Certificate Program in Gender and Sexuality

2018-               M.PH  School of Public Health 

  • Committee: Don Operario (advisor); Phil Chan (reader) 

2018                M.A.    Anthropology, Brown University

  • Thesis: Techno-Erotic-Economic Circuit: The Relation of Queer Transactional Sex among Gay Men in Contemporary Urban China

2015                M.S.     Education, Culture & Society, University of Pennsylvania

  • Thesis: Desire, Cosmopolitanism, and Neoliberalism: College Women Students as Sex Workers in Post-socialist China

2014                B.A.     English, Renmin University of China

  • Thesis: Trapped in the Double-Identity as Consumer and Commodity: Edith Wharton’s The House of Mirth

2012-2013       N/A    Humanities, University of Chicago (exchange program)
 

 

SELECTED FELLOWSHIPS, GRANTS & HONORS

2019                Dissertation Fieldwork Grant, Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research

2019                China Initiative Dissertation Award, Watson Institute, Brown University

2019                UAA Professional Development Workshop for Grad Students, Urban Affairs Association and Routledge-Taylor & Francis Group                           (attendance competitively awarded)

2019                Open Graduate Education Travel Award, Brown University ($1,500)

2018                Henry Luce Foundation/ACLS Predissertation Summer Grant, American Council of Learned Societies ($5,000)  

2017-2018       Mellon Graduate Fellowship in Open Graduate Education Program, Brown University  ($156,000)

2017-2018       Mellon Graduate Fellowship in Collaborative Humanities, The Cogut Institute for the Humanities ($78,000)

2017-2018       IHS PhD Scholarship, Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University ($1,500)

2017                Global Mobility Research Fellowship, Brown University ($9,000)

2017                Conference Travel Fund, Brown University ($650)

2017                Ford Foundation Conference and Workshop Grant, the Institute for Sexuality and Gender (for attendance of the 2017                                               International Conference of Sexuality in China) ($500)

2017                International Travel Fund, Brown University ($1,000)

2017                Joukowsky Summer Research Award, Brown University ($1,000)

2017                Graduate Research Travel Grant, Brown University ($1,800)

2016                Global Health Scholarship, Global Health Initiative, Brown University ($3,500)

2016                Graduate Dean’s Recruitment Fellowship, UC Irvine ($10,000; declined)

2016                The Jefferson Fellowship, University of Virginia ($150,000; declined)

2014-2015       Penn GSE Fellowship, University of Pennsylvania ($10,000)

2014-2015       Margaret Mead Fellowship, Columbia University ($15,120; declined)

2013                Hong Kong Xin’shan (信善) Scholarship, Renmin University of China ($200)

2012-2013       Presidential Scholarship, Renmin University of China ($16,000)

2011-2012       Award for Outstanding Campus Service, Renmin University of China

2011                Award for Outstanding Academic Performance, Renmin University of China

 

 

PUBLICATIONS

Book Chapters

Forthcoming    Male-Male Transactional Sex and Smartphone Apps in Contemporary Urban China: The Status Quo and Directions for Future                                Research. Accepted, invited submission to Male Sex Work and Society(Eds: Scott, J., Minichiello, V., Bimbi, D., & Grov,                                      C.). Harrington Park Press(distributed by Columbia University Press). 

2018               《性工作还是交易性?: 对于用辞的反思及其他》(Sex Work or Transactional Sex?: Reflections on Terminology and                                             Beyond). In Y. Huang & S. Pan (Eds.), 《积淀与反思: 中国 “性” 研究》(Accretion and Reflection: Sexuality Studies of                                       China) (pp. 179-89). Hong Kong: 1908 Inc.  

Book Reviews

2018                Review of Fungible Life: Experiment in the Asian City of Life (Aihwa Ong. Durham: Duke University Press). Social                                               Anthropology/Anthropologie Sociale.

 

2017                Review of Tongzhi Living: Men Attracted to Men in Post-Socialist China (Tiantian Zheng. Minneapolis: University of                                             Minnesota Press). Medical Anthropology Quarterly. First published July 6, 2017. (Invited Review)

 

Non-referred Articles

2018                Awakening Awareness-es of Gender Equity in China. China Policy Institute Analysis: The Online Journal of the China                                           Policy Institute. First published online on Jan. 31th, 2018 at https://cpianalysis.org/2018/01/31/awakening-awareness-                                             es-of-gender-equity-in-china/. (Invited article)

2017                Commercial Sex among Men in China. China Policy Institute Analysis: The Online Journal of the China Policy Institute.                                       First published online on Sep. 29th, 2017 at https://cpianalysis.org/2017/09/29/commercial-sex-among-men-in-china/.                                             (Invited article)

 

2017                How China’s Male Sex Workers Mix Business with Pleasure. SixthTone. First published online on Sep. 4th, 2017 at                                                 http://www.sixthtone.com/news/1000797/how-chinas-male-sex-workers-mix-business-with-pleasure?                                                                      from=timeline&isappinstalled=0. (Invited article)

 

Works in Progress

Techno-Erotic-Economic Circuit: The Relation of Queer Transactional Sex among Gay Men in Contemporary Urban China.In preparation for submission to Public Culture. 

 

Queer Cannibalistic Desire: Bug Chasing, Male Pregnancy, and the Erotic Fetishism of Consumption. In early stage research and writing. 

A Plethora of Gay Male Identities in Urban China: Place, Geo-locative Technologies, and the Internal Hierarchy. In preparation for submission to American Ethnologist. 

INVITED LECTURES

2019                Queer Society and Technology in China. Talk delivered for Let’s Talk China, Brown University, Providence, RI, April                                             17th.              

2018                The Futurity of Queer Politics: Sex, Drugs, and Perverts/Perversions. Lecture delivered for IvyQ: Annual LGBTQ+                                                 Undergraduate Conference, Brown University, Providence, RI., November 2nd.  

2018                Techno-Erotic-Economic Circuit: The Relation of Queer Transactional Sex among Gay Men in                                                                                 Contemporary Urban China. Lecture delivered for Anthropology of Gender and Sex, Department of                                                                          Anthropology, Salve Regina University, Newport, RI., February 28th.               

 

 

CONFERENCES & WORKSHOPS

Note: Abstracts are available on https://brown.academia.edu/YifengCai.

Panel Organizer

2018                Anthropological Engagements with Queer Theories, Part I, II, & III. Panel series at the 2018 Annual Meeting of the                                               American Anthropological Association, San Jose, CA, November 14th. 

 

2017                Queering Futures: Futures as Forces, Futures as Products, the 2017 Annual Meeting of the American                                                                     Anthropological Association, Washington D.C., Dec. 1st. 

 

Paper Presenter

2019                Digital Technologies, Social Groups, and Hierarchies: An Ethnographic Investigation of Queer Urban Socialities in Contemporary China. Paper presented at the 2019 Annual Meeting of the Urban Affairs Association, Los Angeles, CA., April 24-27th. 

2019                Queer(ing) Exchange Relation among and through Chinese Tongzhi: Apps, Sex, Money, and the Techno-Erotic-Economic Circuit in Urban China. Paper presented at the 2019 Annual Meeting of the Association for Asian Studies, Denver, CO., March 21-24th. 

2018                Techno-Erotic-Economic Circuit: Queer(ing) Transactional Sex among Men Who Sell Sex to Men (M$M) in                                                           Contemporary Urban China. Paper presented at the 2018 Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological                                             Association, San Jose, CA., November 14th. 

 

2018                Transactional Queer Cartography: Mapping Intimacy through Men Who Sell Sex to Men in  Contemporary Urban                                               China. Paper presented at Crossroads 2018, Association for Cultural Studies, Shanghai, China, August 12th-15th. 

 

2018                “Disobedient Subjects” and the Promise of “Good Life”: HIV/AIDS, Sex, and Male Homosexuality in Contemporary                                             Urban China. Paper presented at the joint 2018 Annual Meeting of the Society for Applied Anthropology and the                               Society for Medical Anthropology, Philadelphia, PA., April 4th. 

 

2018                M$M (Men Who Sell Sex to Men) as an Epidemiologic Concept: Broadening and Rethinking the “Risk Population” for                                         HIV/AIDS Intervention. Poster for the Global Health Research Day by the Global Health Initiative and Alpert                                       Medical School, Brown University, Providence, RI. April 26.

 

2017                “Why Do You Think You Are Any Different”: Reflections from the Field with Men Who Sell Sex to Men (M$M) in                                               Contemporary China. Paper presented at the 2017 Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association,                                 Washington D.C., November 29th. 

 

2017                Chinese Men Who Sell Sex to Men (M$M): Transactional Sex as a Way of Life in Contemporary China. Paper                                                       presented at the 2017 Annual Meeting of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, Puerto Rico, November                             9th.

 

2017                Oppression, Work, or Life: A Reflection on Transactional Sex among Men (压迫、工作、抑或生活:对男男性交易的反                                  思). Paper presented at the International Conference on Sexualities in China, The Institute of Sexuality and Gender at                         Renmin University of China & Harbin Medical University, Harbin, China, July 4th.

 

Invited Workshop Participant 

2018                Social Lives of Keywords: Cultural Studies and China, The Chinese-English Keywords Project & Shanghai University,                         Shanghai, China, August 15th-17th.

 

2017                Advanced Topics in Liberty: Origins of Capitalism, the Institute for Humane Studies and Liberty Fund, Inc.,                                           Arlington, VA, Sep. 15-17. 

 

 

RESEARCH EXPERIENCES

2018                Ethnographic research on transactional sex, gay hook-up apps, “chemsex” (substance use) in Shanghai; Supervisor:                             Prof. Katherine Mason, Brown University (Funded by ACLS and the Graduate School of Brown University)

2017                Ethnographic research with men who sell sex to men in Shanghai (independent); Supervisor: Prof. Katherine Mason,                           Brown University (Funded by Global Health Initiative and the Graduate School of Brown University)

2016                Ethnographic research project with male erotic dancers in Philadelphia (independent); Supervisor: Dr. Rachel Throop,                         University of Pennsylvania

2015                Sociolinguistic project in a Philadelphian suburban high school (collaborative); Supervisor: Prof. Betsy Rymes,                                       University of Pennsylvania

2014                Preliminary linguistic anthropology project (collaborative); Supervisor: Prof. Stanton Wortham, University of                                         Pennsylvania

 

TEACHING TRAINING

2019                Seminar in Course Design, The Sheridan Center for Teaching and Learning, Brown University

2017                Seminar in Reflective Teaching, The Sheridan Center for Teaching and Learning, Brown University

2016                Facilitating Learning Online, School of Professional Studies, Brown University

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

2018.               Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (TA for Dr. Bhrigupati Singh)

WORK EXPERIENCES

2015-2016       Special Ed. Teaching Assistant, FACTS Charter School, Philadelphia, PA 19123

2014-2015       Graduate Assistant, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA 19104

2014                ESL Teaching Assistant, Halcyon Education, Beijing, China

2013                Assistant Economic Analyst, China’s International Publishing Group, Beijing, China

 

 

AFFILIATIONS

2018-               Association for Cultural Studies

2016-               American Anthropological Association

  • 2018-    Society for Psychological Anthropology

  • 2016-    Association for Queer Anthropology

  • 2016-    Society for Medical Anthropology

2017-               Association for Asian Studies

 

LANGUAGES

Mandarin (native fluency); Cantonese (native fluency); English (advanced)

 

CAMPUS SERVICES

2017-2018       Student Representative at Department Faculty Meeting, Department of Anthropology, Brown University

2015-2016       Graduate Assistant, Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania

 

REFERENCES

Dr. Katherine Mason

Assistant Professor

Department of Anthropology, Brown University

Katherine_Mason@brown.edu

 

Dr. Matthew Gutmann

Professor

Department of Anthropology, Brown University

Matthew_Gutmann@brown.edu

 

Dr. Jaesok Kim

Associate Professor

Department of Anthropology, Seoul National University

jaesokk@snu.ac.kr